Phillips Academy Andover

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  • Bowdoin College
    Phillips Andover has the motto 'Non SIbi' or 'Not For Self' which is taken very seriously and has been engrained in the culture of the academy for over 200 years. Non Sibi day is celebrated. . .
  • Yale University
    Andover is pretty big for a boarding school so one thing that Andover has makes it special are clusters. There are five of them and they divide the school into smaller communities. They are residential. . .
  • Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts
    Andover is the biggest in student numbers of similar boarding schools and this gives it an incredibly diverse, dynamic character without losing the personalized feeling and small classes you would expect at this caliber. There. . .
  • Harvey Mudd College
    Andover has made me realize how precious each moment is, no matter how mundane, tedious, or tiring it may seem at the time. Looking back, I treasure each memory, and try to remind myself to. . .
  • Wesleyan University
    One aspect that sets Andover apart is the immense alumni network. I'm merely one year removed from Andover, but there are graduates of all ages that are ready to help. Andover has a network called. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Phillips Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1778 1910
Campus Size 500 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1150 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 2118 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $970 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,600 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,000 $28,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $39,800 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJames F. Ventre '79

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
CoursesA Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 26 14
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 176 23
Extracurriculars3D Printing Club, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, Andover Ambassadors, Andover Art Society, Andover Japanese Connection, Andover-Lawrence String Program, App Development, ARC Buddies, Archaeology and History Club, Architecture Club, Art Exchange, Art for Expression, Art Music Society, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Azure, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Ballroom Dance Society,

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Brown University 0
Columbia University 0
Cornell University 0
Georgetown University 0
Harvard 0
Princeton Unversity 0
Stanford University 0
University of Chicago 0
University of Pennsylvania 0
Yale University 0
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,150 students. Founded in 1778, Andover is known for its extensive and rigorous academic program as well as its intentionally diverse community of teachers and students. Andover admits students on the basis of merit, talent and demonstrated potential -- regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Andover's "need blind" admission policy is one of the most comprehesive and generous among secondary schools.
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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